Persi PaoliGiacomo Persi Paoli is a consultant for the Small Arms Survey, an independent research organization located at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva (Switzerland). Previously, he was lead researcher at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), conducting the project on Post-manufacture Marking of Small Arms and Light Weapons, and a consultant for the Conventional Arms Branch of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs in New York. He is an officer of the Italian Navy and a PhD candidate in Economic Theory and Institutions at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. He holds an MA in Political Science from the University of Pisa and an MA in International Affairs and Diplomacy from the Univer­sity of Trieste. His research interests include: arms control, conflict resolution, post-conflict reconstruction and civil-military cooperation.


  • “The Method behind the Mark: A Review of Firearm Marking Technologies,” Arms Survey, Issue Brief Series, December  2010 (expected).
  • “Italian Procurement, Exports, and Consumption of Small and Large Caliber Ammunition and Munitions, in Surveying Europe’s Production and Procurement of Small Arms and Light Weapons Ammunition: The Cases of Italy, France and the Russian Federation,” Small Arms Survey, Working Papers Series, July 2010.
  • (Contributor) “Emerging from Obscurity: The Global Ammunition Trade, in Gangs, Groups and Guns,” Small Arms Survey, Yearbook 2010.
  • “Comparative Analysis of Post-Manufacture Marking Instruments and Practices for Small Arms and Light Weapons,” International Security Research and Outreach Program (ISROP) and United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), May 2009.